Taste of Heaven serves up soul food in Wareham
After several years of serving up soul food on the move, BBQ chef Trenton Jenkins and his wife Danielle finally have a brick and mortar restaurant to call their own.
Taste of Heaven, located at 3044 Cranberry Highway, specializes in savory southern meals with a special Latin and Cape Verdean twist. From ribs to veggie burgers and chicken and waffles, Jenkins says there’s something for everyone on the menu.
The husband and wife duo got their start dishing up BBQ twelve years ago at the Onset Foursquare Church. Back then, all they had was a pop up tent, two grills and a dream.
“I was always afraid of the ‘what ifs’,” Jenkins recalled. “But I realized I had two choices: live my dream or become captured by my fear.”
Jenkins said his inspiration for Taste of Heaven came from his father who has since passed away. The two had previously worked in the catering business together and often talked about opening their own restaurant.
“I wanted it for him,” Jenkins said. “And with the support of our church, we were successful every summer.”
After two years in the Onset Foursquare parking lot, Jenkins and Danielle purchased their first food truck from a fellow parishioner for $5,000. In another two years, they would paint the truck and give it a name: Taste of Heaven.
Jenkins said his ultimate goal was set up shop on Cranberry Highway, where his brick and mortar store now resides at Cartland.
“It wasn’t easy, and a few times I even thought about giving up,” he said. “But now I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
Jenkins attributes a the success of his business to hard work and the support of his community, which he actively works to give back to. In addition to hiring staff from local schools, Jenkins has also provided employment opportunities to the homeless and less fortunate.
“I think the only reason we’re blessed in life is to bless others,” he said. “I want to change the narrative that the only way to get ahead in today’s world is to hurt somebody.”
All food at Taste of Heaven is made fresh to order, which Jenkins said can lead to slightly longer wait times. The restaurant accepts call ahead orders, however, and Jenkins noted that each meal is made with love.
To learn more about Taste of Heaven, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/1sttasteofheaven/